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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Herm 1III

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2017, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Poem about Hermundr Illugason 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 11.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonPoem about Hermundr Illugason1

text and translation

Hjalp, dýrr konungr, dýrum,
dags grundar, Hermundi.

{Dýrr konungr {grundar dags}}, hjalp dýrum Hermundi.
‘Excellent king of the land of day [SKY/HEAVEN > = God], save the excellent Hermundr.

notes and context

The couplet is one of five fragments by Arnórr which Snorri cites, among others, to illustrate kennings for ‘sky/heaven’ in Skm.


Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Arnórr Þórðarson jarlaskáld, 4. Et digt om Hermundr Illugason: AI, 343, BI, 316, Skald I, 160, NN §2051C; SnE 1848-87, I, 318-19, II, 527, III, 49, SnE 1931, 114, SnE 1998, I, 35; Whaley 1998, 311.


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